Tooth decay is always a serious cause for concern. If it is left untreated for long enough, it will inevitably penetrate deeper and deeper into the tooth. In time, it could result in the total loss of the tooth and even lead to a serious infection in the root. In case like this, your dentist, Dr. Kenneth M. Schweizer, might need to extract the remnants of the tooth to later prep the gums to receive a dental implant.
A dental implant in Sarasota, Florida, is essentially a titanium abutment that is inserted into your jaw bone. Then, a crown is cemented onto it to fully restore the tooth’s form and function in your mouth.
It’s important to assess the remaining bone structure in that part of your mouth. Sometimes a badly decayed tooth can also compromise the surrounding bone tissues. This is even more likely if you’ve struggled with chronic gum disease in the past. If you lack sufficient bone structure, we might recommend having a bone graft installed beforehand.
To install the titanium abutment, an oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums. Then, a small hole will be drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment will be screwed into place and your gums will be sutured closed around it.
In time, the titanium implant will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. Then, your dentist can fit you for a crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
If you have a severely decayed or compromised tooth, you should call Sarasota Implant at 941-208-3951 to ask about a dental implant restoration.